Students wishing to appeal their hearing outcome must submit an appeal request. The appeal request must address one or more of the following reasons for appeal:
- The hearing was not conducted fairly, giving both the Respondent and Complainant the opportunity to present relevant information.
Minor deviations from designated procedures will not be a basis for sustaining an appeal unless there is an adverse effect on the outcome of the hearing.
- The decision was based on substantial and sufficient information.
That is, whether there was information presented in the case that, if believed by the Hearing Officer, was sufficient to establish that a violation of the Student Conduct Code occurred.
- The sanction(s) imposed are not appropriate for the violation.
- The decision separates the student from the University through disciplinary suspension or expulsion.
- New information exists that was not available at the original hearing.
Submit your appeal online by 5:00 pm (MT) within 7 business days of the date of your hearing outcome letter.
After reviewing your request, the Chair of the University Discipline Panel will do one of these things:
- Deny the appeal.
- Return the case to the Hearing Officer or Director of the Student Resolution Center for further consideration. The student must abide by the original conditions while the case is under review.
- Convene an Appeals Committee to review the record of the original case.
- Grant a hearing with an Appeals Committee to consider new information not available at the time of the original hearing.
If an appeal is granted, the Appeals Committee upon conclusion of its review, shall do one of the following:
1. Affirm the decision, if the Appeal Committee agrees that the information supports the decision of the Hearing Officer. Decisions affirmed by the Appeal Committee are final.
2. Return the case to the Hearing Officer or Director of the Student Resolution Center for further consideration, which may include recommendations for increasing or decreasing the penalty or addressing additional issues. While the case is being reconsidered, the student must continue to abide by any stated conditions.
3. Recommend reversal of the decision, if the Appeal Committee disagrees with the Hearing Officer’s evaluation of evidence and does not believe sufficient evidence exists to support a violation of the Student Conduct Code.
If the Appeal Committee recommends a reversal, the Chair shall submit a recommendation in writing, as follows:
1. In all cases involving suspension or expulsion from the University (whether imposed by the original Hearing Officer or recommended by the Appeal Committee after review), the Chair of the Appeal Committee shall make a recommendation in writing to the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and the Vice President of Student Affairs for final review.
2. In all cases involving any form of sexual misconduct or harassment, the Chair of the Appeal Committee shall make a recommendation in writing to the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Vice President of Student Affairs for final review, who may also consult with the Director of Equal Opportunity.
3. In all other cases involving individual student violations of the Conduct Code, the Chair of the Appeal Committee shall make a recommendation in writing to the Dean of Students for final review.
The Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, as applicable, after review of the recommendations of the Appeal Committee and consultation with others as deemed appropriate or necessary, shall do one of the following:
1. Affirm the recommendation of the Appeal Committee;
2. Affirm the decision of the original Hearing Officer;
3. Return the case to the Director of Student Resolution Center for additional review or to impose alternate sanctions.
If the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Vice President of Student Affairs are unable to agree on the action to be taken, it may be referred to the Executive Vice President/Provost for final action.
Full details about the appeal process are in the Student Conduct Code.